The Lodge

Lake Rotoroa Lodge, 5 star rated luxury fly fishing, Hunting and adventure lodge. Nestled on the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park with lake, river or mountain views.


A special lodge in a special place

When you choose New Zealand as a destination, you are choosing one of the world’s special places.

Narrow that choice to New Zealand’s South Island and it becomes even more so. Narrow it still further to the Nelson Lakes National Park and world-renowned, five star luxury Lake Rotoroa Lodge NZ accommodation and a memorable experience awaits you.

Surrounded by some of the finest of brown trout fly fishing in NZ, Lake Rotoroa Lodge sits in themidst of what might truly be described as one of the ultimate locations, whatever your objectives and desires might be: golden beaches to snow-capped mountains, wilderness to bustling cafés, or heart-stopping adventure to heart-resting relaxation.

There are few places in the world where all of this and more can be enjoyed within little more than an hour’s radius.

Lake Rotoroa is your gateway to magnificent mountain rivers. The Sabine and D’Urville Rivers both feed into the lake and offer some of the finest angling available. Access is only available by water taxi.

Our guides are very busy throughout the season so if you are planning a trip we recommend you book as early as possible.


Location and Setting

Along a quiet country lane that winds its way through the Gowan River valley lies Lake Rotoroa Lodge. It is nestled at the northern tip of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps.

This isolated and unspoiled location is surrounded by the forests of the Nelson Lakes National Park. Lake Rotoroa is considered the jewel in the crown of the park: its tranquil waters reflect a magnificent vista of snow-capped mountains and lush native bush.

From the lodge’s idyllic and romantic lakeside location, guests can gaze along the length of Lake Rotoroa to the towering peaks of the Travers Range, and lapping at the foot of the lodge lawn, the waters of the Gowan River may just cause them to become lost in thoughts of some of the world’s finest brown trout fishing that can begin just a few short steps away. Enjoy this stunning view from the lodge’s open-fired sitting room, dining room or, indeed, from many of our guest rooms.

The Nelson Lakes National Park, with its alpine environment, is just one of three National Parks that surround the city of Nelson (1½ hours away). The Abel Tasman National Park is coastal (offering some of the very finest, golden beaches in the world, together with the internationally renowned Abel Tasman Track) and New Zealand’s most recently designated National Park, Kahurangi, is one of the world’s great wilderness environments. There are times of the year when it really is possible to swim in the ocean in the morning and ski in the mountains in the afternoon!


Lodge History

Lake Rotoroa Lodge was built in the early 1920s, and has been lovingly restored and protected to this day.

Looking back over his twenty years at Lake Rotoroa Lodge, one of the original partners, reflected “When we established Lake Rotoroa Lodge we wanted it to be a high country luxurious retreat, with trout fishing. Back then the world was looking for escape, and New Zealand was the perfect destination. Lake Rotoroa Lodge is still the ultimate escape.”

In 2000 Lake Rotoroa Lodge earned a great accolade when National Geographic Adventure magazine named it as one of the twenty-five greatest adventure destinations in the world. It also named Lake Rotoroa Lodge as one of the two finest trout fishing venues in the world.

In 2009, LRL was quite literally saved from falling into ruin when a NZ family purchased the property from its American Owners. Since then an enormous amount of dedication and effort has been put into restoring the lodge to the condition it is in today. The efforts were acknowledged in 2013 by achieving a Qualmark 5 star Boutique & Lodge rating. There is a carefully planned program for continued refurbishment, alterations and additions to maintain and improve guest comfort well into the future. The dreams of previous owners have now been realised-LRL is truly a high country luxury retreat.